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Anonymous (mid-eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin with her hands raised before her; the “Tongues of Fire” appear above. Sigla: ̣̅ΘΥ̅ : Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Bust of St Theodore in military costume holding a lance in his right hand and a shield in his left. Inscription in two columns: |Θ|ΕΟ|Ο|Ρ, : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Θεόδορ(ος). Border of dots.

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin with her hands raised before her; the “Tongues of Fire” appear above. Sigla: ̣̅ΘΥ̅ : Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Bust of St Theodore in military costume holding a lance in his right hand and a shield in his left. Inscription in two columns: |Θ|ΕΟ|Ο|Ρ, : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Θεόδορ(ος). Border of dots.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3466
Diameter 22.0 mm; field: 18.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 7, no. 4.12.

Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Commentary

For the significance of the “Tongues of Fire” accompanying images of the Virgin on seals, see DO Seals 7, no. 4.5. This specimen likely dates from the middle of the eleventh century.